Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.75.59 Gold (24k) Rs.5095gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 Silver Rs.65.60/gm CHENNAI Friday 16-10-2020 VOL. 26 No.95 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE MGR, Jayalalithaa rules golden chapters in TN’s history CM, Dy CM’s clarion call to cadres on AIADMK’s 49th founding day Vow to work for AIADMK victory again Chennai, Oct 16: AIADMK recalled the sacrifices of its late leaders and the cadre while observing the party’s 49th founding day at AIADMK headquarters here. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is set to celebrate its Golden Jubilee next year and Chief Minister and party joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM and party coordinator O Panneerselvam appealed to cadres to sincerely to make sure that all the work we do this year is a preview of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Party joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM and party coordinator O Panneerselvam greeted the cadres on the 49th founding day of AIADMK. In a statement they said, The work we do this year will be prelude to the golden jubiliee year of the party. The leaders have pointed out that it is time to reopen the pages of past to understand why MGR started this party and what was his contributions to welfare of Tamil Nadu. Late chief minister MGR founded the AIADMK party in 1972. MGR was true follower of Anna and Anna was inspired by Periyar and both of them were stalwart leaders who ushered in over all social upliftment. In the new journey of independent India, Anna showed a new path for the Tamils move forward to together by declaring themself as Dravidians and Tamil as their Mother tongue. Anna’s vision that Dravidians have got something concrete, something distinct, something different to offer to the nation at large attracted Tamil people in a big way and that ushered in a big political change in Tamil Nadu. Anna commanded respect from all strata of the society and he was able to form government with a thumping majority. Anna’s close associates were eagerly following Anna’s footsteps to create a just and equal society. But following the demise of Anna, his ideals for Dravidian movement were taken astray by next leaders who took the control of DMK and it fell into the clutches of evil forces who used all their powers for their own selfish ends. Revolting against this MGR launched the historic AIADMK on October 17, 1972 which was not just a political party, but a mass movement to uplift Tamils and ensure growth of Tamil Nadu in all spheres. MGR true follower of Annadurai’s ideologue, formed policies which were targeted to uplift the poor and weaker section in this State. The AIADMK swept to power in 1977, defeating the DMK in the assembly elections. M.G.R was sworn in as the 3rd Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu on 30 June 1977. M.G.R remained in power until his death on 24 December 1987. Then the party was lead by Jayalalithaa who was fondly called Amma, by people of Tamil Nadu,who became the second female chief minister and the 5th chief minister of the state. She took many popular decisions and Cradle baby scheme, nutritious noon meal scheme were all her brain child. She encouraged women to join the state police force by setting up all women-police stations. She ushered in the Women SHG revolution to give impetuous to rural economy. Under Jayalalithaa’s regime, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam spread beyond Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.People in Tamil Nadu were seen as stars in the national level. The leaders and cadres of AIADMK stood shoulder to shoulder with MGR and then Jayalalithaa in their mission to make Tamil Nadu number one state in all sectors. Thus AIADMK is a peoplecentric party and this ideal has attracted the people of Tamil Nadu and this has helped the party to rule Tamil Nadu for the past 29 years and by following the ideals of MGR, Jayalalithaa we will continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu for hundred more years to come, with will forever be etched in the pages of history. Let’s start the new journey towards the Golden Jubilee with vow to continue the golden rule of AIADMK as dreamt by it’s founder MGR, they have appealed to cadres in the joint statement. way. “MSP and government procurement are an important part of the country’s food security. It is important that it continues to function with better facilities and in a scientific way. We are committed towards this,” Modi said after releasing a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination on the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He said the government in the last six years has been investing in boosting infrastructure facilities at Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs). APMCs (mandis) have their own identity and strength and they have been in the country for years, he added. Economy shrinking says IMF, Rahul blames Centre New Delhi, Oct 16: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the Centre on Friday over IMF’s projection that the Indian economy is set to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, saying it was another “solid achievement” by the government. Rahul took a swipe at the government on Twitter by tagging a chart that showed IMF growth projections for 2020-21 for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India. The chart showed that the Indian economy is TN PMG(CCR)/WPP no 676/18-20 PM Modi condoles death of Palaniswami’s mother Chennai, Oct 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of Chief Minister K Palaniswami’’s mother Davusayammal, the government said on Thursday. “I am anguished to learn about the passing away of your mother,” Modi told Palaniswami in a letter and conveyed his heartfelt condolences. She was an unending source of strength and inspiration for him and his family, Modi said in the letter dated Oct 14 that was made available to the media. Indian cultures across regions placed mothers even above Gods and mothers like Davusayammal raise their children imparting values of compassion and commitment, he said. “Your mother may not be physically present with you today but she will continue to live through the memories that she has left behind and the values she has instilled in you and other members of the family. In this moment of grief, may the Almighty bestow strength upon the family members, friends and well-wishers to bear this irreparable loss,” he said. The 93-year old mother of Palaniswami died of heart attack at Salem in Tamil Nadu on Oct 13 and she was cremated the same day. Former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, Ganesamurthy MP, New Justice Party President A.C. Shanmugham, Rangarajan Mohan Kumaramangalam, Farmers associations leader P.R.Pandian, Mutharaiyar Association president K.K.Selvakumar, Film director R.V. Udayakumar, actor Manobala, former ministers Mullaivendan, Cinnaswami, Sriram Group MD Sriram Murali, Tirupur Export association president A.Sakthivel, Kovai Medical Centre MD Arun N. Palaniswami met Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and conveyed their condolences. COVID-19 caseload in India climbs to 73,70,468, recovery stands at 87% MSP for procurement is key for food security, says Modi New Delhi , Oct 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is committed towards procurement of agri crops at minimum support price (MSP) and termed it as an important part of the country’s food security. He further said that efforts are being made to improve Mandi infrastructure so that MSP buying continues in a scientific Regd. No.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 ‘India will see 8.8% growth in 2021’ However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 per cent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 per cent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report. projected to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, the highest contraction among the countries mentioned. “A n o t h e r s o l i d achievement by the BJP government. Even Pakistan and Afghanistan handled Covid better than India,” Gandhi tweeted with the chart. The former Congress chief on Wednesday had also taken a dig at the government over IMF growth projections showing Bangladesh closing in on India in terms of per capita GDP this year and described it as a “solid achievement” of six years of BJP’s “hate-filled cultural nationalism”. The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, the International Monetary Fund had said, However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 per cent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging e c o n o m y, s u r p a s s i n g China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 per cent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report. New Delhi, Oct 16: India’’s COVID-19 caseload rose to73,70,468 with 63,371newinfections being reported in a day, whilethe number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 64 lakh, according tothe Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The recovery rate stands at 87.56 per cent. The coronavirusdeath toll climbed to1,12,161 with the virus claiming 895 lives in a span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed.Foreight days in a row, the active cases of COVID-19 remained below 9 lakh. There are8,04,528 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 10.92per cent of the total caseload, while the recoveries have surged to64,53,779,the data stated. The COVID19casefatality rate due COVID-19 was recorded at 1.52 per cent. “India continues to have one of the lowest COVID-19 deaths per million population globally, currently pegged at 80,”the ministry said. India’’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11. According to the ICMR, acumulative total of 9,22,54,927 samples have been tested up to October 15, with 10,28,622 samples being tested on Thursday. The 895 new fatalities Dalit teenager raped, found dead in UP Barabanki, Oct 16: An 18-year-old Dalit woman, who was found dead in an agricultural field in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, was raped before being strangled, police said on Anna University does not need special status: Minister Chennai, Oct 16: Anna University does not need special status, which will affect the 69% reservation, Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbhazhagan told reporters in Dharmapuri. Talking to the media in Dharmapuri Minister Anbazhagan said, If the Anna University get special status, it will affect the 69% reservation. Special status will bring entrance test for students admission, more fees. Students will be affected due to this the students will get affected. With special status other state students will compete for the seats in Tamil Nadu. Our students will be affected. Even the Anna University is separated, the Anna’s name will not be removed , Minister asserted. To stop these things happen, the include 337from Maharashtra, 85from Karnataka,62 from West Bengal, 49 from Tamil Nadu, 46 from Chhattisgarh,38from Andhra Pradesh, 36 from Uttar Pradesh, 29 from Punjab, 27 from Odisha and 26 from Delhi. government feels that the Anna University does not need special status. We won’t lose any right due to special status for the university. Meanwhile Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam on Thursday said the letter sent by Anna University ViceChancellor MK Surappa, to the Central government, was a disorderly action and an explanation has been sought from him by the State government. Speaking to the media after taking part in a function at the Villupuram district collectorate, the minister said, “Based on the request by the V-C to give Anna University an Institute of Eminence (IoE) status, the government had formed a committee comprising ministers to study the demand.” He added that a decision was still pending. Friday citing post-mortem report. Additional Superintendent of Police R S Gautam said the postmortem examination has confirmed that the woman was raped before she was strangled. Charges related to rape will be included in the FIR registered at Satrikh police station, he said, adding that some suspects have been taken into custody for questioning. The father of the woman had informed police on Wednesday evening that she had gone to the fields but did not return home. Later, family members found her dead. A police team visited the village and collected evidence before lodging an FIR, the police officer said. The rape and murder of the woman in Barabanki came days after a 19-year-old Dalit woman died after she was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district. ‘SPB Vanam’ in Kovai to keep his memory evergreen forever M Rafi Ahmed Perhaps the trees will sing tunes in praise of SPB. Yes, Coimbatore headquartered Siruthuli, an NGO with the motto of ‘Clean Kovai, Green Kovai’ conceived the idea of creating ‘SPB Vanam’ at Coimbatore prison premises as a tribute to the legendary singer, who captivated the cinegoers and music lovers through his scintillating songs for well over five decades. Thanks to Vanitha Mohan, managing trustee of Siruthuli for this novel concept. Coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the organisors organised for the eco initiative event by planting saplings of 74 different trees mostly used for making musical instruments to mark SPB’s glorious 74 years. And his song ‘Intha Degam Marainthalum Isaiyaal Malarven’ vouches that he will blossom through his music and his SPB Vanam stands testimony to this. Interestingly, the saplings include Sthala Vrikshams which SPB had rendered in praise besides ‘Champaka’ sapling to signify his birth star Ayilyam. Yet another unique feature is that each sapling planted at SPB Vanam reveals the popular song rendered by him. SPB’s son SPB Charan inaugurated the event through a video while SPB’s sister S P Shailaja planted saplings of jackfruit and mango which are considered to be mostly used for making musical instruments. Noteworthy to mention that trees like red sanders, rosewood, neem, mahogany, silver oak, sandalwood, teak, vengai, punnai, karungali, banrutti jackfruit, mango and bamboo are used in making musical instruments. Meanwhile, music composer A R Rahman and playback singer Srinivas also gave a tribute through video to mark the occasion of inauguration of SPB Vanam. Members from SPB Fans Charitable Foundation were also present on the occasion. After Kalam Vanam in 2011 on Missile Man of India’s 80th birthday wherein 100 bamboo were saplings were planted across the bund of Nandankarai check dam by Siruthuli, now it’s SPB Vanam at Central prison premises.